It's been a long time since I was here at Mothering. Today as I searched through my old web haunts for a fitness support group I grew more disillusioned the more I looked. Most of the sites appeared to have lost all the good members and moderators, were cluttered with annoying ads, and just lacking any real sense of integrity and community. I knew Mothering had gone through a lot of changes since the last time I was here but I can see it's still the same group of authentic, mindful and supportive women. Yay!
I hope some of you are game for joining me in a supportive group to rally us on to better health, better self-image, and a sense of strength and accomplishment. I used to be in this group called "The 5% Club," which meant we were in the 5% of people who maintained a healthy lifestyle after weight loss. It was great. The group was a place where we could take stock of where we were with our personal goals, cheer each other on, and just get back to center. I knew that even if I was off track for a few days coming back to that "home," which was free of judgement, helped me pick up where I left off. I'd love to have that again.
Here's where I am:
-I have 2 little girls, ages 7 and 4 1/2. They're unbelievably awesome.
-I work full-time as a consultant. As dreamy as working for myself can be, it also means that I am never caught up. My to-do list is always a mile long. And sometimes my work schedule is unpredictable. I also volunteer on the board for my famers market, run a professional networking group, go to conferences, try to be involved at my kids' schools. Oh, and try to see my husband and friends, too (really want more of that this year). So I'm busy, like everyone here.
-I'm gluten-free, and my family is dairy-free. This isn't as big a deal as it used to be. I've been GF for 4 years and with all the great products out there it's pretty easy to eat well and not feel deprived. I've also taught myself to bake and become a better cook.
And here's what I want for myself, going forward (This is not a new year's resolution! This is a new life!):
-Get my strength back. I have a yet-to-be diagnosed condition that's a little like MS but not MS (no brain lesions). This means I have mild numbness and I'm just not very coordinated. I used to be a runner but I'm just not up to that. Would love to get back there, but I'll be happy with just being fit, regardless of how I get there.
-Make exercise a party of my daily life, like brushing my teeth. I could use some help figuring out how to do this. I'd love ideas about how to get my kids involved without slowing me down or injuring myself (they always want to jump on my belly or back when I'm doing mat work).
-Be consistent with meal planning. I know my life will be a lot more sane if I have plan for lunches and dinners for the week, make things ahead of time, use my slow cooker, etc.
-Get to bed at a reasonable hour. I know my life is infinitely better when I'm rested. I'm just better at everything I do.
-Lose 15 pounds. There. I said it. Obviously I need to do it for health reasons since I know most of this weight is from inactivity, but then there is the vanity factor, too. I want to like the way I look in my clothes.
Anyone interested in joining me for a daily check-in of personal fitness goals, whatever they are? Let's do this!